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Withdrawal of refugee status: August 2010 watershed

Posted by Mark Symes on 11 August at the HJT immigration training blog Until 30 August 2005, persons recognised as refugees in the UK were granted Indefinite Leave to Remain. Generally there would be no reason for this grant of leave to be reviewed, unless perhaps in a case where an individual came to the […]

Report by Chief Inspector of Immigration Criticises Dawn Raids and Treatment of Families

The report “Family Removals: A Thematic Inspection, January – April 2010” by the Chief Inspector of Immigration, John Vine, challenges the way the UKBA treats families who face deportation and demands that changes be made. Recommendations include that dawn raids be reconsidered, that interpreting services be available in the case of house arrests and to […]

Great News: Medical Justice wins court case against the government- last minute deportations ruled illegal

Deportation fast-track system for asylum seekers ruled illegal Guardian, Owen Bowcott, 26 July 2010 A fast-track process for deporting failed asylum-seekers, which gives them little or no notice of their immediate removal, is unlawful, the high court ruled today.The decision will have an impact on Home Office deportation practices and could lead to more last […]

Immigration cap: irrational, but is it racist?

The Coalition Government recently announced a cap on immigration of non-european nationals to the UK. For many, this represents the latest in a long line of racist immigration controls – an accusation that the current Home Secretary Theresa May, like her predecessors, has strenuously denied

Supreme Court rules in favour of LGBT asylum rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK. Lord Hope, who read out the judgment, said: “To compel a homosexual person to pretend that his sexuality does not exist or suppress the behaviour by which to manifest itself is to deny his […]

Metro targeted by anti-racist spoof

London commuters were this morning surprised to find that their usual Metro paper was a bit thinner, yet more interesting and engaging, than usual, says a press release from a group calling itself Press Action: Tens of thousands of copies of a spoof newspaper that looked very similar to the free daily were distributed at […]

Fifty people forcibly deported to Baghdad last night

I haven’t been in Iraq since I was seventeen.  I don’t even speak Arabic so I can’t stay in Baghdad but how am I going to get from there to Kirkuk?   I have a three year old son here.  The UK is my home.’ PRESS RELEASE, International Federation of Iraqi Refugees,  17th June 2010 Approximately […]

Medical Justice – Judicial Review stops deportation without warning

Medical Justice – Judicial Review: Judge halts deportation without warning of suicidal people and unaccompanied minors A High Court judge ordered the UKBA to stop removing foreign nationals from the UK with little or no warning after individuals were denied access to justice in the process. Represented by the Public Law Project, Medical Justice is […]

Deportation flight leaves for Baghdad. Another due next week

PRESS RELEASE from International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, 9th June 2010 Deportation flight leaves for Baghdad as more Iraqi refugees given deportation tickets for next week Approximately ten Iraqi refugees were removed to Baghdad early this morning on a deportation flight via Sweden.  At least three people’s tickets were cancelled before the flight and were […]

55% of children wrongly detained says Refugee Council study

Refugee Council response to first quarterly asylum statistics for 2010 published today Refugee Council, 28 May 2010 In response to the publication of the first quarterly asylum stats for 2010, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said: “Initial decision making in the asylum system continues to give cause for concern, with 27% of […]